COMMANDER OF 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE
COMBAT TEAM FIRED - COL JAMES JOHNSON III
RELIEVED AFTER ALLEGATIONS "SUBSTANTIATED"
ARMY MUM ON EXACT CHARGES BUT WE AT
MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM LEARN "ADULTERY"
AND "POOR COMMAND CLIMATE" JUST TWO OF
PROVEN REASONS THIS DRIVEN OFFICER WILL
NEVER WEAR GENERAL'S STARS - WEST POINT
GRAD CALLED "SCREAMER" AND "BULLY" - DADDY
WAS A "TWO-STAR" - HEADED UP 82ND AIRBORNE

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If ever an officer was headed for flag rank, it was him. COL James H. Johnson III is the son of a general. Daddy was boss of the 82nd Airborne division back in the 1980's. The 47 year-old West Point graduate (Class of 1986) became commanding officer of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in late 2008. The colonel had just gotten back from Afghanistan, where he led his troops in a year-long deployment. All he had to do to wear a star was run out the clock. Now, he never will.

On Friday afternoon, March 25, at the end of the day when all public affairs offices dump bad news they hope won't get much publicity, it was officially announced that Johnson was relieved of command. The Army didn't want to disclose exactly what allegations were made against the driven, and at times, extremely obnoxious officer, but MilitaryCorruption.com can give you, dear readers, a peek behind the curtain of silence.

We have a solid INTEL net in Europe, and one of our best CI's from Vicenza, Italy (173rd headquarters) tells us two of the "substantiated" charges were "adultery" and "fostering a poor command climate."

TYRANNICAL COMMANDER RAN ROUGHSHOD OVER TROOPS

To say Johnson was rough on his officers and men is an understatement. He treated them like dumb cattle, screaming like a madman, dressing down ranking officers in front of enlisted troops, and generally acting like he already had stars on his shoulders.

"He was his own worst enemy," said a subordinate officer. "Johnson heaped abuse on everyone under him, yet never took responsibility for his own piss-poor leadership skills. No one here is sorry he was nailed."

Despite his weird, beady-eyed appearance, the skin-headed Johnson seemed to have a charmed career.

ON PAPER, JOHNSON SEEMED A SURE BET FOR "STARS"

Besides his U.S. Military Academy sheepskin, the colonel could boast of diplomas from the Naval War College, and masters degrees in military arts and science, and national strategy and security policy. A keen suck-up, Johnson knew which butts to kiss and what politics to play, but in the end, nothing - not even being a general's son - could save him.

Veterans of the 101st Airborne still speak highly of Johnson when he was there. But that was several years ago, and many of the complaints we received cited "unprofessional" and "out-of-control" behavior since "sonny boy" became commander of the 173rd. One very senior NCO called him a "Jekyll and Hyde in Army green."

It isn't often we have anything nice to say about the Pentagon, but in this case, we think they did the right thing. Promoting an unstable person to flag rank would only insure more havoc down the road. As for all the people Johnson brutalized, they can take comfort in the fact the bully has suffered a most painful blow. All his life, he planned to take his place as another "Gen. Johnson." Now, the best thing he can do for himself and the Army is put in his retirement papers and slink away.

 

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